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A Night In with Leila Mottley

A Night In with Leila Mottley

Join 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Leila Mottley in conversation with Laura Bates, Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, as she explores the courageous and unsparing vision behind her debut novel, Nightcrawling.

The ‘stream and book’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of Nightcrawling, deliverable to any UK or international address. The 'Stream' package consists of a ticket to the live stream only. 

For one night only the event will be broadcast on 15th June at 18:30 UK time. It will be available to view up to a week after the event has ended and can be accessed Worldwide. If you live in a time zone that does not suit the initial broadcast time you can watch it at any point after the initial showing for one week.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

When there is no choice, all you have left to do is walk.

Kiara Johnson does not know what it is to live as a normal seventeen-year-old. With her mother in a rehab facility and an older brother who devotes his time and money to a recording studio, she fends for herself – and for nine-year-old Trevor, whose own mother is prone to disappearing for days at a time. As the landlord of their apartment block threatens to raise their rent, Kiara finds herself walking the streets after dark, determined to survive in a world that refuses to protect her.

Then one night Kiara is picked up by two officers, and the gruesome deal she is offered in exchange for her freedom lands her at the centre of a media storm. If she agrees to testify in a grand jury trial, she could help expose the sickening corruption of a police department. But honesty comes at a price – one that could leave her family vulnerable to their retaliation, and endanger everyone she loves.

In conversation with Laura Bates for this virtual event, Leila will consider the inspiration behind her novel – a true story about a scandal underpinning the police department in Oakland, California – and consider the young people navigating the darkest corners of an adult world. This event promises to be courageous and enlightening; do not miss it.

‘Leila Mottley has a poet’s delicate touch when she tells us the most brutal, heart-crushing truths. This is an electrifying debut’ Dave Eggers

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